Report: Rangers Reach Agreement With Free Agent Catcher Robinson Chirinos

105.3 The Fan
January 07, 2020 - 8:52 pm

DALLAS (105.3) - Seeking to bolster their depth at the position, the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement to bring back free-agent catcher Robinson Chirinos, who spent last season with the Houston Astros.

This was first reported by FOX MLB insider, Ken Rosenthal. 

Per another report from Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Chirinos agreed to a one-year deal, with an option for 2021. 

Chirinos saw his first major league action in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays, before finding a home with the Rangers in 2013, where he stayed for six seasons from 2013-2018. 

Chirinos is as a steady hand behind the plate, and one of the more reliable defensive catchers in the MLB.

In his time in Arlington, Chirinos had a .233 average with 67 home runs and 197 RBI. Chirinos also had a .325 OBP, a .443 slugging percentage, and a .768 OPS in Arlington.

Last season in Houston, Chirinos helped the Astros reach the World Series, appearing in 114 games with a .238 average, 17 home runs, and 58 RBI.